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Morning Falcon Watch 10-7-15

October 7th, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was partly cloudy this morning with a temperature of  50 (F) 10 (C)

Seth was by himself on the top north window ledge at Seneca Towers this morning.


I left him right away to go downtown-checking Hawkeye on my way as I do every day as I pass by it. There was a midwest falcon seen there yesterday-nothing today. I spotted Dot.ca (DC) on the beam connecting the southeast and northeast cubes on the Frontier Communications Tower from the Andrews St. bridge.


I went over to the City Hall parking lot to observe DC but he had his back to me so I didn’t stay too long. He was preening and he watched one of his feathers as it floated by-thought that was cute. I left him to look for Beauty around 8am.


I found the Beautyful one on the west side railing of Widows Walk from the Court St. bridge. I drove over to Broad and Fitzhugh St. for the best view. She was looking around, possibly in hunt mode.


Everything seemed quiet so I left her around 8:30am to check the Medley Centre (MC). I was anxious to get over there after seeing Billie there yesterday. On my way over I got a message from my friend DebbieH that she could see a juvie (most likely Genesee) on the Hall of Justice roof and Beauty was still on Widows Walk. She works in the Ebenezer Watts building which is just behind the Democrat and Chronicle building.

I arrived at the MC at 8:45am finding Big Frank (BF) on the peaked glass roof. First I went to the east side to face her, then to the south side.


BF flew down to the west out of view and didn’t return right away. She stirred up pigeons and gulls that were scattering every which way. I drove around to the north side and found her back on the peak again.


BF turns around a lot when she’s hunting-she doesn’t miss a thing that moves and so I ended up having to go back to the south side of the mall to see her better before leaving.


As I pulled over on East Ridge Rd. by St. Paul St. I spotted Billie on the northwest corner of Seneca Towers and Seth not too far away on the top window ledge watching her.


I only stayed a couple minutes as I have a lot to do today. I was happy to see Billie home where she belongs. I saw all 5 Rochester Peregrine Falcons today which made me smile as I ended mt watch at 9:30am! :)

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Tuesday Afternoon Falcon Watch - Genesee Visits - 10/6/15

October 6th, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Overcast and gloomy.  I really thought it might rain at any moment.  Thankfully, except for a little drizzle, it stayed rain free. But, the lighting was horrible.

I checked all over downtown looking for a falcon.  It wasn’t until 2:00 pm, from the Andrews St Bridge (ASB), that I saw my first falcon.  It was Dot.ca (DC) on the north corner, 2nd IBeam of OCSR.  I decided to remain parked on the ASB.  From there I had a great view of many of the places that our falcons frequented.

A half hour later, I saw a bunch of pigeons in panicked flight over the river.  There were two falcons in the mix on what I believe was a tandem hunt.  One falcon went low over the buildings on the east side of the river.  The 2nd falcon flew up to the north side of the Radisson, landing on the top window ledge near the northwest corner.  After checking my pictures, I believe it was Genesee that had been tandem hunting with Dot.ca.  I had tweeted that it was Beauty and Dot.ca.

I can not say positively that it was Genesee, but my pictures do show a black/green band on one leg and a silver band on the other.  For the purposes of this report, I will call the juvie Genesee because I believe there is a good chance that it was.

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At 2:50 pm, Genesee took off, heading east.  I looked for him but could not find him.  Fifteen minutes later, I was on the Broad St Bridge with Beauty on the base of Mercury and Dot.ca on the top Ibeam (south side) of OCSR.

Beauty on Base of Mercury -10-6-15Dot.ca on OCSR -10-6-15

At 3:15 pm, a juvie flew in from the south and up towards the Mercury statue, vocalizing quite loudly.  I thought he landed, but I could not find him. Beauty remained on Mercury, but Dot.ca was gone.  Back to the Andrews St Bridge.  From there I could see a falcon on the Frontier Communication Tower (FCT) on the SE box.  From the front of City Hall, I could only see the back of this falcon.  I thought it might be a juvie, but found out that it was Dot.ca.  There was a 2nd falcon lower in the frame work of the tower. Beauty had joined him.  But where was the juvie?

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Dana joined me in front of City Hall.  We were both getting ready to continue our search for Genesee, when Dana spotted a juvie on the east side of the railing on Widows Walk (WW).  From the south side of WW I was able to see the juvie thru the railing.

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Genesee took off, stooping after a pigeon heading west.  He almost caught the pigeon, but it swerved at the last moment. Genesee continued heading north towards FCT.  Back at FCT, I could see that Beauty and Dot.ca were still there.  I looked up just in time to see Genesee take off from the north end of the building that Beauty uses to take baths.  He spread his wings and flew over me heading east.  Soon after both Beauty and Dot.ca headed east too.

Dana and I found Beauty on the base of Mercury, but we were unable to find Dot.ca or Genesee.  It was time to head home.

I did check Medley Ctr on the way home, but saw no falcons there.

One more thing, On her way downtown, Dana found two falcons at the nest box at Hawkeye.  The larger adult falcon had a purple USFW band on the right leg, with black/red on left leg.  She could not read the #’s on the band.  This falcon did have a full crop.  Purple USFW bands are used on falcons banded in the midwest.  Dana could not tell if the smaller falcon was banded.

This is the season when falcons are migrating, so it’s not surprising that we’re seeing more come through the area.

Morning Falcon Watch/Billie at Medley Center 10-6-15

October 6th, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was a balmy 54 (F) 12 (C) degrees with dark, humid, overcast conditions and a fine misty rain on and off

To begin my watch I saw Seth on the N window ledge showing his right leg band that still has the yellow tape on it. Billie was over on the west side railing of Seneca Towers when I got out to Seth Green Dr. That would not be the last I saw of her this morning.


When I arrived on the Andrews St. Bridge I could see a falcon on the base of Mercury-on my way to the Broad St. bridge to check it out, at tweeted that she saw a falcon there as well. It turned out to be Beauty and she didn’t stay very long before she flew off to the north. There was a Great Blue Heron fishing down in the river.



The Beautyful one took off at 7:41am and so did. After checking OCSR,Powers and FCT from the Andrews St. bridge I spotted Beauty on the northeast corner of the Kodak Office launchpad. I stopped on State St. near Platt St. first but decided the best angle would be from State and Brown St. It wasn’t until I went there that I noticed Dot.ca (DC) on the cupola.


Beauty turned a couple minutes later so I decided to go back to Platt St. where I could see the front of DC but Beauty left while I made the move. DC remained on the cupola, walking a few feet and settling.


I had a lot on my plate today so when DC flew off Kodak I left downtown to do a quick check for Big Frank at the Medley Center. When I arrived there was a falcon on the peaked glass roof-I went to the east side parking lot since that’s the closest spot to watch that spot but the falcon had its back to me so I went around to the north side of the mall but it was gone when I got there.


I continued around to the south side where I found none other than Billie on the carousel roof! I thought it was Big Frank at first but the more I observed, the more I thought it wasn’t her. This falcon had a darker chest and seemed familiar to me for some reason. I got some leg shots that showed black/green and on my small camera LCD screen I thought I could see 77 on the black. It wasn’t until I got home and saw the band on my computer screen that I could ID her as Billie 77/AX.


Billie flew off to the west at 9:13am going real low over the parking lot and returned to the same spot she had just vacated. She was definitely in hunt mode, looking everywhere.


Buffalo Billie did some preening and at 9:30am I decided it was time to end my watch and be on my way. When I eventually got home there were no falcons at Seneca Towers. I knew it was only a matter of time before Billie and/or Seth would show up at the Medley Center since it’s only 2.5 miles from ST. Hopefully there hasn’t been any battles among our beloved PEFA’s. Meanwhile I’ll keep on smiling! :)

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Morning Falcon Watch/and a Merlin as a bonus 10-5-15

October 5th, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was partly cloudy with a temperature of 45 (F) 7 (C)

Seth was in his usual spot on the top north window ledge and when I got around to the front of Seneca Towers I found Billie on the top south window ledge. I drove out to St. Paul St. to get the best angle on her.


I left for downtown after a few minutes and from the Andrews St. bridge (ASB) I spotted Beauty on the base of Mercury. I quickly went to the Broad St. bridge to watch her. She was in hunt mode and looking great.


She was watching something below her for a bit and then pigeons started lining up on the east side roof of Thomson Reuters. Beauty backed up, I believe to hide from them, to where I could only see the top of her head.


I stayed with the Beautyful one for about an hour then set out to find Dot.ca (DC). I didn’t have to go far as I found him on the top I-beam north corner of OCSR from State St. I drove to Bragdon Place on the other side of the river to view DC as he had his back to me.


The sun was out at the time and shining directly on his bright white chest making him light up. My camera had trouble photographing anything but white! You almost needed sunglasses to look at Whitey, I mean DC. lol


Around 8:30am while I was taping DC he stooped down toward the river where I lost him in the trees below OCSR.


I looked across at the Frontier Communications tower and noticed Beauty on her northeast cube. I then drove to the ASB where I could see Beauty and also DC, who was now on the west corner top I-beam of OCSR.


I left for the Medley Center about 8:45am but I didn’t find Big Frank there. However, I did find a falcon-a Merlin on a light post in the east side parking lot.


The Merlin took off soon after I arrived, flew out of sight over the roof of the mall then resurfaced to chase and be chased by a crow.


They flew out of sight to the north end of the mall past Sears. I left for home after another check for Big Frank came up empty. As I stopped on Seth Green Dr. Billie flew off the top south window ledge of Seneca Towers. Seth was on the west side roof near the southwest corner with his back to me.


I ended my watch at 9:30am after seeing our 2 pair of Rochester Peregrine Falcons and to really make me smile, another smaller falcon known as a Merlin! :)

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Morning Falcon Watch 10-4-15

October 4th, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

The early morning was partly sunny with a temperature of 47 (F) 8 (C)

I spotted a falcon on the west side railing of Seneca Towers when I first got out to Seth Green Dr. Just as I got my camera set it took off-I believe it was Billie judging by size.


I waited a bit to see if she came back but she didn’t, so off to downtown I went. For the third day in a row I found a falcon on Legacy Tower. It was on a southwest corner as I was sitting at the traffic light at South Ave. and Broad St. By the time I got to a spot to check it out it was gone. I checked all of downtown and as I was on my way across the Court St. bridge to re-check the east side I spotted Beauty on the west side of the Rundell Library around 7:45am-she was plucking feathers from a prey bird.


I believe it was either a mourning dove or pigeon that she was eating because of the size and color of the feathers. Beauty took a break for a few minutes then turned around, moved her prey and resumed eating at about 8:30am.


When Beauty had her fill she spread her wings and flew northwest with her leftovers in the direction of the Frontier Communications Tower (FCT) at 8:45am.


I spotted Dot.ca (DC) on the west corner top I-beam of OCSR as I was on State St. but he took off before I could pull over and get my camera ready. He too, headed in the direction of FCT. I turned around but didn’t see anyone on FCT  so I proceeded to the Andrews St. bridge to survey the area. From there I spotted both Beauty and DC on the east side of FCT in the white section below the large disc. I drove over to Fitzhugh St. to share space with them.


The Beautyful one was actually on the north side of the tower across from DC who had food. Can’t say for sure if it was the leftovers from Beauty or his own catch.


Beauty was napping a little then she woke up and moved out of the shadows to get at least half of her body in the sun while DC continued to eat.


I left them a little after 9am to check the Medley Center for Big Frank as it was reported that Dick saw her over there. Unfortunately, by the time I got there she was gone and so was Dick. I went home and from East Ridge Rd. at St. Paul St. I found Seth in his spot on the top window ledge at the north end of Seneca Towers.


I checked the rest of the building for Billie but didn’t find her. I ended my watch at 10am smiling! :)

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Catch-up Falcon Watch Report - 9/29, 9/30, 10/2 & 10/3/15

October 3rd, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Here I am again, catching up with my reports.  Haven’t had a lot of time to post them, but I really wanted to share some pictures of our falcons from this past week.  :)

Tuesday, 9/29/15 - A 6 Falcon Watch!

1 - Big Frank(ie) at Medley Ctr.

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2 - Beauty & Genesee on the Frontier Communication Tower (FCT).

3 - Dot.ca on Kodak Office; south side arch ledge.

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4 - Billie and Seth on Seneca Towers (ST); top of north side window ledge.

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Wednesday, 9/30/15

1 - Beauty and Dot.ca on the south side of the Wilder Bldg green strip.

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2 - Big Frank(ie) at Medley Ctr.

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Friday, 10/2/15

Beauty & Dot.ca Downtown.  Beauty on B&L & Dot.ca on Xerox.  At the end of my watch, Beauty took off and flew over Xerox, landing on the south side, five columns in from the SE corner.

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While I was keeping and eye on Beauty and Dot.ca, I noticed that another falcon was nearby.  It was the Falcon 600!  lol

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Saturday - 10/3/15

After checking all the falcon spots around town, I joined Dana downtown on Aqueduct St (aka “the hole”).  Both Beauty and Dot.ca were on the south side of the Wilder Bldg on the green strip.  Dot.ca (left) & Beauty (right).  Both were very settled. Beauty was sleeping most of the time and Dot.ca was watching over her, preening.

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Well, that’s it folks!  I’m caught up!  Enjoy the evening everyone!

Morning Falcon Watch 10-3-15

October 3rd, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was mainly overcast with a few minutes of sunshine, a busy breeze and a chilly 43 (F)  6 (C) degrees

Billie and Seth were on the south end of Seneca Towers this morning-she was on the top window ledge and he was on the southwest corner of the building below the railing with his back to me. I started out on Seth Green Dr. but ended up out on St. Paul St. where I had a better angle on Seth.



Once there Seth took a short flight over the trees and back to the corner. I think he may have been checking to see that Billie was on the window since he couldn’t see her from where he was. A minute or so later Seth flew off again but this time he joined his mate and they bowed a bit to strengthen their pair bond.


They were definitely watching for a breakfast opportunity to present itself. It was nice that the sun came out to warm them up if only for a short time.

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I left them around 7:45am to go downtown. It wasn’t until I drove over to the east side of the river that I spotted Beauty and Dot.ca (DC) on the west side of Legacy Tower. I started on Woodbury Blvd. then I went to the Court St. bridge for closer viewing.


Still, it was too far away for my liking so I took a chance and drove up to the roof of the South Ave. garage-hoping they would stay until I made my way around the 8 floors to the top. Luck was on my side as they Beauty and DC were still there


At 8:04am DC spotted something and took off-Beauty followed right after him.


I found the Beautyful one on the west corner top I-beam of OCSR. She was on the north side of it out of the wind  with her back to me when I arrived on State St. across from the Rochester Plaza Hotel.


Around 8:30am Beauty flew over to the Powers building and I went down to the northeast corner of the City Hall parking lot where I could see her out in front of the nest box. After I tweeted her location I looked up and she was gone. I didn’t know if she left or went in the nest box since it’s not possible to see the whole inside of the nest from the ground.


Donna reported that both Beauty and DC had been in the box bowing. Thanks for your help! I can’t tell you how frustrating it is to view this site especially when they go in the nest box. If they decide to nest here in the Spring it will be a challenge to see the eyasses from the ground.  Anyway, I went out to State St. and was going to leave when I spotted a falcon on the west corner of OCSR-it was Beauty again.


As I made my way out of downtown I checked for DC but didn’t find him. I checked the Medley Center and Seneca Towers to no avail and ended my watch at 9am. I saw our 2 pair of Rochester Peregrine Falcons this morning which put a smile on my face! :)

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Morning Falcon Watch 10-2-15

October 2nd, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was overcast and chilly this morning with a temperature of 47 (F) 8 (C)

I was very surprised when neither Billie nor Seth were present at Seneca Towers this morning-been a very long time since that has happened. Not to worry, I saw them when I got home from my watch!

I spotted Beauty on the top I-beam west corner of OCSR from the Andrews St. bridge when I arrived downtown at 7:20am. I went to Aqueduct St. in the hole to see the front of her from a closer location. The lighting and distance of today’s pics didn’t make for very good pics.


I stayed with the Beautyful one about a half hour then left to look for Dot.ca (DC). I found him from Woodbury Blvd. on the west side of  Xerox third column over from the northwest corner. He blended in well-it wasn’t until I checked thru my binoculars the second time that I found him. I went to Court St. across from the Court St. parking garage for a closer view.


About 5 minutes later DC stooped to the southwest quickly leaving my line of vision only to return unsuccessful and land on the south side of Xerox, 4 columns from the southeast corner where I found him yesterday morning. I moved to Chestnut St. to watch him as he was in hunt mode. He pooped and I thought he would take off but he wasn’t quite ready yet.


DC was there about 5 minutes then off again and around to the west corner column. I could only see part of a wing so I went back to Court St. where I could see all of Mr. Clean, er Whitey, I mean DC. lol


I left him to it checking on Beauty as I left downtown-she was still on the west corner of OCSR. I went to Medley Center to no avail and was greeted by Billie and Seth at Seneca Towers at 9am. They were on the top window ledge south end of the building as I pulled over on Seth Green Dr.


I decided to end my watch at 9:15am and as I pulled into my parking lot I noticed Seth had moved closer to his mate. I had to stop and photograph them as they are so cute together.


A  great ending to my watch putting a big smile across this watchers face! :)

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Morning Falcon Watch 10-1-15

October 1st, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was a chilly start to the day with a temperature of 49 (F) 9 (C)  and mostly cloudy

I was waiting for the elevator to go down and start my falcon watch and as I looked to the east side balcony on my 16th floor I saw a falcon fly by from the north heading south. Nobody was on the north end but I found Billie on the south end of the building on the top window ledge when I checked from Seth Green Dr.


I watched her a few minutes then headed downtown. From Woodbury Blvd. on the east side of downtown I spotted Beauty on one of the northwest corners of Legacy Towers (LT) and Dot.ca (DC) on the 4th column from the southeast corner on the south side of Xerox around 7:45am. They both had their backs to me.


While I was tweeting my findings the Beautyful one flew over to the southwest corner of Xerox. I drove over to Chestnut St. in front of Martin Luther King Jr. Park to get a better angle.


At about 8:10am a third falcon flew in from the south past Beauty, she took off less than a minute later to the northwest, the same direction the other falcon had gone. I believe it was probably Genesee.


I left DC after a few minutes to look for Beauty and the other falcon-I found her on the west corner top I-beam of OCSR from the Broad St. Bridge. I went down to the hole to watch from a closer spot. She moved off the corner a couple steps and then DC joined her. He went to the south corner top I-beam at first, then like his mate, he too moved in off the corner. I believe they may have done that so a certain juvie couldn’t fly in and knock them off. lol


I left them around 8:45am and headed over to the Medley Center.


I found Big Frank (BF) on the pointed peak glass roof-I watched her from the east side of the mall until she flew west soon after I arrived around 9am.


I drove around to the south side and found her at the front of the roof above the carousel. BF was in hunt mode and it seemed like she was watching something thru the glass roof. There may have been a bird or birds inside the mall that caught her eye.


BF moved down a couple steps before flying off up to the vent cap on the carousel roof.


I got a glimpse of the black/black band on her left leg, that plus the fact that there was no band on her right leg confirmed that it was indeed BF. She flew off at 9:32am heading north and landed back on the pointed peak roof where I first found her.

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I ended my watch at that time with a smile! :)

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Morning Falcon Watch 9-30-15

September 30th, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

A dark, rainy, miserable morning with a starting temperature of 58 (F) 14 (C)

I saw one falcon on my short watch. And I’m not sure who it was after reviewing my lousy pics and snippets (due to weather conditions). First of all, my tried and true Seneca Towers falcons were no where to be found as I started out at 7:15am-I had to wait for it to get light enough out to see anything.

Once downtown I did my usual check from the Andrews St. bridge and saw nobody. I thought for sure Beauty and/or Dot.ca would be up in the OCSR elevator shaft out of the weather but I didn’t see a falcon up there on either side. When I stopped on Woodbury Blvd. on the east side of the river I spotted a falcon on the east side of HSBC with its back to me.


I parked south of Martin Luther King Jr. Park and thought I was looking at Beauty as it had a dark front. After checking my pics on my computer I now believe it was a juvie as it looks too dark and in the snippets it didn’t really move like the Beautyful one. It was probably Genesee.


Due to the weather and distance the rest of my pics were really bad. Unfortunately, I couldn’t stay as I had to take a friend to a doctor appointment. While I was waiting I did a quick check of the Medley Center but there were no PEFA’s there and when I got home to Seneca Towers at 10:10am I didn’t see Billie or Seth on the building. Kind of a dismal watch but I did see a falcon and as far as I’m concerned, a day without seeing a falcon is like a day without sunshine-so there was still reason to smile! :)

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